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Artwork by Tetsuya Nomura.
"These days, all it takes for your dreams to come true is money and power."
—President Shinra

President Shinra (プレジデント神羅, Purejidento Shinra) is, as his name implies, President of the Shinra Electric Power Company in Before Crisis -Final Fantasy VII-, Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII-, and Final Fantasy VII. However, he plays a relatively short supporting role in the first and third game (he is not seen in Crisis Core but is mentioned in emails and some dialogue). President Shinra has two sons, his legitimate son Rufus, and his illegitimate son Lazard Deusericus, both of whom are made high-ranking executives in Shinra.



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Before Crisis -Final Fantasy VII-

President Shinra makes his first chronological appearance in Before Crisis -Final Fantasy VII-. He is first seen by the player Turk in Junon where he is giving a speech. However, the eco-terrorist group, AVALANCHE attacks. The President escapes, but is shot by the cold scientist of AVALANCHE, Fuhito. Surviving, President Shinra calls in Sephiroth to attack the AVALANCHE commander, Elfé.

Later, President Shinra begins to suspect that there is a traitor within Shinra. This thought is fueled by his son, Rufus' own suggestion that there is a traitor in Shinra's ranks. The President wrongfully accuses the Turk leader, Verdot, as being the said traitor and replaces him with Shinra's incompetent military head, Heidegger, for a mission based in Junon. Heidegger's position as the Turk leader is temporary as the President replaces him with Verdot, after two things happen: 1. Heidegger's strategy at Junon almost destroys the entire city in his attempt to eradicate AVALANCHE. And 2. Verdot blackmails President Shinra with classified information which is thought to be about the Deepground project.

President Shinra would later find out that the real traitor in Shinra is his own son Rufus, who had been funding AVALANCHE in order to have his father killed so that he would be able to take control of Shinra. The Turks capture and use Rufus as leverage with President Shinra so that they can save their commander Verdot, and his daughter, Elfé, the commander of AVALANCHE. Afterward, Rufus is neither killed nor stripped of his title for being a traitor. President Shinra orders him to be placed under house-arrest in Junon. His absence is explained by claiming that he is on an "extended assignment overseas".

Final Fantasy VII

President Shinra is first seen during the attack on the Sector 5 Mako Reactor by AVALANCHE. He has foreseen this attack, and has prepared an ambush. He engages in a short conversation with Cloud, before he sets Air Buster on them.

"What was your name?... Ah yes... Forgive me if I can't remember your name, unless you become another Sephiroth."

This triggered a few questions, but before Cloud had any chance to ask them, Shinra left by helicopter.

President Shinra's field sprite.

During the infiltration of the Shinra building, the party overhears a conversation between Shinra and some of his top executives, including Heidegger and Professor Hojo. He plans to leave Sector 7, which was destroyed by the Turks as a counter-attack to finish off AVALANCHE, as it is.

The Party then meets the president again in person when they are brought before him after being captured by the Turks while trying to escape with Aeris. After a brief conversation the President sends the party away to be locked up.

President Shinra is encountered one more time when the party arrives at his office, where he lies impaled by a large sword. Palmer, who was hidden during the assault, claimed that it was indeed Sephiroth who killed him.

Hoshi wo Meguru Otome

President Shinra makes a small appearance in the novel, Hoshi wo Meguru Otome (roughly translated as The Maiden Who Travels The Planet), which chronicles Aerith Gainsborough's travel through the Lifestream after her death at the hands of Sephiroth. Aerith finds a blank place in the Lifestream where it does not flow properly, and finds President Shinra there. The President is joyous to find that the two of them have come to the same place and tells Aerith that he would have given her a life of luxury if she had cooperated with Shinra instead of living in the slums. He then tells her about how he took Shinra to where it was and became a king over Midgar with his control over Mako and the people's dependency on it, and asks Aerith if she does not consider her life miserable in comparison to his as they've both ended up to the same place. Aerith realizes the President is clinging to the ambitions and wealth he had in life and this is why the Lifestream cannot take him.


  • Both of President Shinra's known sons were made high-ranking executives in the company, however neither were loyal to their father. Rufus funded the first AVALANCHE insurgency, and Lazard secretly supported Genesis Rhapsodos and Dr. Hollander's escape and later war on Shinra.
  • In On the Way to a Smile: Case of Shinra, it is stated that President Shinra always had the same passkey for unlocking anything within the Shinra Building, which was proven by Rufus when escaping after Diamond WEAPON attacked that is was Rufus's birthday.

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